Nanostructured Systems for Energy and Health


Welcome to the website of the Surface Chemistry and Catalysis Group, led by Dr. Izabela Rzeznicka. Principle research in our group focuses on the development of nanostructured electrocatalysts for OER (oxygen evolution reaction)  and ORR (oxygen evolution reaction) for metal-air batteries and fuel cells. In the second line of research, optical biosensors are developed for monitoring clinical parameters in blood plasma using smartphone as a detector.

Fundamental research focuses on the understanding of nanoscale surface chemistry of solids upon interaction with inorganic and organic molecules. We use scanning probe microscopy techniques to investigate atomic-structure of surfaces and vibrational spectroscopy techniques to deepen our knowledge on molecular self-assembly and surface-driven chemical transformation.

The results of our studies help engineering surfaces with nanoscale precision and contribute to the development of nanotechnology particularly in areas of catalysis, biosensors, nanostructured solar cells and electrodes for lithium-air batteries .

We currently have an open PosDoc position and welcome graduate students under Abe Program of JICA (

Students interested in Lab Internship and student’s exchange programs of Shibaura Institute of Technology’s please make contact by writing and email.

Further details can be found here.

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